Section archive - Assessment & Evaluation
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In this longitudinal study, the authors investigate changes in teachers’ mathematics knowledge during a mathematics content course focused on real-world applications and during a content/pedagogy hybrid course designed specifically for elementary teachers. The authors used two popular assessments in the United States: (1) Learning Mathematics for Teaching (LMT) and (2) Diagnostic Teacher Assessments in Mathematics and Science (DTAMS). The findings reveal that teachers made large gains on both measures. However, the LMT better captured gains made during the hybrid course, whereas DTAMS better detected gains during the mathematics course. Furthermore, the patterns of change differed during the two courses, with the LMT scores increasing during the hybrid course only and the DTAMS scores increasing over the two courses.
Updated: Jul. 02, 2014
The authors review prior research on special education candidate assessment from 2000 to the present. They examine three primary domains: a) skills and knowledge related to academics, behavior, collaboration, and transition; b) dispositional factors, including attitudes about disability, inclusion, and diversity; and c) authentic, field-based assessments, including measures of candidates’ impact on students and their induction experiences.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014
The purpose of this article is to offer the validity and reliability evidence for teacher science content assessments developed as part of the Diagnostic Teacher Assessments of Mathematics and Science (DTAMS) project. It was found that validity was strengthened by systematic synthesis of relevant documents, extensive use of external reviewers, and field tests with 900 teachers during assessment development process. The subsequent results from 4,400 teachers, analyzed with Rasch IRT modeling techniques, offer construct and concurrent validity evidence.
Updated: May. 18, 2014
The authors propose that educative assessment materials that highlight students’ science writing can provide a framework to help teachers evaluate the growth of their students’ science understanding. The authors identified three educative features of this assessment that seemed both valuable to teachers and worthy of further study. The authors noted two main ways that teachers began to make instructional decisions based on considering their students’ responses on the educative assessments. The authors' experiences developing and implementing these two aspects of the LISELL project have implications for theory, research, and practice in how to support teachers’ and students’ engagement with language-rich science inquiry.
Updated: Apr. 08, 2014
The authors wanted to find out more about student teachers’ understandings of Master’s-level work in relation to teacher education. In addition, they wanted to discover if working at Master’s level during the course of their PGCE changed their perceptions of its value at all. The authors therefore decided to survey the students about their experiences during the PGCE year. The authors conclude that they focused on the processes of understanding teaching and learning, which are most effective when the collaborative and social dimensions of professional learning are developed with the skills of critical reflection and research literacy. This combination enables teachers to problematise their learning contexts and develop complex understandings of teaching and learning.
Updated: Apr. 01, 2014
This article claims that the administration and management of education came to depend on the work of community to solve problems and develop governance and control across the sites and work of education.
Updated: Oct. 09, 2013
This essay aims to provide an overview of the challenges of accounting for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English learners (ELs) in the evaluation of mainstream teachers. The authors focus on the two prominent indicators of teaching quality—classroom observations and value-added scores. The authors conclude with recommendations for states and districts to ensure that teacher evaluation systems adequately and fairly account for these students.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013
The ACT of Enrollment: The College Enrollment Effects of State-Required College Entrance Exam Testing
Since 2001 Colorado, Illinois, and Maine have all enacted policies that require high school juniors to take college entrance exams. This article presents the effects of this state-mandated college entrance exam testing. The author finds evidence that entrance exam policies were associated with increases in overall college enrollment in Illinois and that such policies re-sorted students in all three states between different types of institutions.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013
As education reform shifts the focus to college and career readiness, approaches for setting performance standards need to be revised. The authors argue that the focus on assessing student readiness can move performance standards toward an increasingly empirical grounding, and leading to better guideposts for instructional improvement. Specifically, the authors describe and illustrate the processes and practices associated with evidence-based standard setting.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013
The Common Core State Standards’ Quantitative Text Complexity Trajectory: Figuring Out How Much Complexity Is Enough
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) set a controversial aspirational, quantitative trajectory for text complexity exposure for readers throughout the grades, aiming for all high school graduates to be able to independently read complex college and workplace texts. The authors extend and elaborate the CCSS presentation and discussion, proposing that decisions about shifting quantitative text complexity levels in schools requires more than implementation of a single, static standard. This article proposes a rigorous two-part analytical strategy for decision making surrounding the quantitative trajectory standard.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013